Starting out with your blog can be scary. Who’s going to read it? Why is my voice special? Writers ask themselves these questions all the time, and that’s normal.
Putting yourself out there requires courage, and that’s a beautiful & strong part of your writer’s soul. Keep writing, darling. Your dreams are just around the corner. This is my love letter to other writers, and to those who give us courage when we don’t see the beauty written between our own lines.
I’ve always said I both admire and am wary of writers who never fail to think their content is fabulous, all the time.
That isn’t to say you shouldn’t have confidence, (you should) but there’s always room for
improvement evolving, as writing is an art form. The frightening gray area between knowing you can always refine your writing style and trying to attain perfection breeds self-doubt, which can paralyze any artist. Believe me when I say writing terrifies me as much as it elates me.
Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.—John Keats.
There is no such thing as perfect, and there is glory in imperfection. I choose literature because it is an imperfect, ever-evolving platform which highlights the wonder of human imperfections themselves. To me, that cycle is the only constant in writing and the only ‘perfect’ aspect about it. So keep going, keep improving, keep reading, and most of all, cherish your voice. Its reach may be small for now, but it rings true to you.
All that being said, Pleats and Keats has been nominated for the Liebster Award, given to help bloggers discover new content (and expose them!) in this warm community. The idea is so lovely, and many thanks to Vacation Coffee (Travel & Lifestyle) for checking out my stories. This award, in my humble opinion, eases the fear I mentioned above as it is first and foremost a form of encouragement. Read the rules here in her post!
Where do you call home? I consider my home to be anywhere I’ve lived that has inspired me. These dreamy places include New York City, sun-soaked West Palm Beach and Bangkok, snowy Boston, and of course Paris. France holds a special place in my heart, and I consider Paris to be where I learned the most about my soul.
Target audience in one sentence: Anybody who loves books and the beauty in life and travel.
How often do you post content on your blog? I’m still so new at this, but I am trying to post twice a week!
Is there a story behind your blog name? Keats is one of my favorite writers (see the relevant quote above) and Pleats represents the lifestyle aspect of this blog (getting to it!)
What is your ideal morning routine? Sleeping in, then waking up to a strong cup of coffee and a pot of cream! And of course, reading a sonnet or two.
Do you have a vice? If so, what is it? As much as I love delicate pastries and roses in my macarons, I can gobble up a family size bag of chips, no problem. And I do it all the time.
Amazing travel memory: Is this cheating? Read the post here ❤
Where else on social media can we find you? Pleats and Keats is on Facebook/Bloglovin’!
Who are your favorite people to spend time with? This baby.
My Nominees inspire me!
Seeing the beauty in others is seeing beauty in yourself, xo.